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Rolfes bill to help farmers markets signed into law

Rolfes bill to help farmers markets signed into law

OLYMPIA – Legislation to reinstate a property tax exemption for farmers markets operating in churches and nonprofits was signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee. The Legislature created an exception in 2010, allowing churches and certain nonprofits to host farmers ...

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Democrats propose small businesses tax relief, free fairs and parks 

Democrats propose small businesses tax relief, free fairs and parks 

OLYMPIA – Senate Democrats today introduced several measures aimed at reinvigorating the state’s small business economy while also providing free incentives for families to get outside and enjoy Washington. The proposal includes a tax cut for more than 125,000 small businesses ...

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Rolfes: Senate budget proposal reinvests in communities, environment

Rolfes: Senate budget proposal reinvests in communities, environment

OLYMPIA – Budget leaders in the Washington State Senate today unveiled a $63.4 billion supplemental operating budget plan that increases investments to support working families and public schools, reduce poverty and homelessness, and address the climate crisis. The budget adds roughly ...

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Reminder: Town Hall at 11 a.m. today

Reminder: Town Hall at 11 a.m. today

Dear friends and neighbors, With just a few weeks left in this year's 60-day legislative session, I'm eager to provide updates and answer your questions today. I hope you will join me and Reps. Drew Hansen and Tara Simmons for a ...

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Senate approves Bainbridge-born pickleball as state sport

Senate approves Bainbridge-born pickleball as state sport

OLYMPIA – Pickleball would be designated Washington’s official sport under legislation approved today by a 46-1 vote in the Washington State Senate. Invented on the shores of Bainbridge Island in the summer of 1965, pickleball is one of the fastest growing ...

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Legislature calls time-out on WA Cares

Legislature calls time-out on WA Cares

Dear friends and neighbors, We just wrapped up the third week of this year’s 60-day legislative session and the pace has been brisk. I want to share a brief update on a few of the key bills the Legislature is already ...

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The 2022 session is underway

The 2022 session is underway

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The 2022 Washington State Legislature gaveled in the new session this week and as we start a new year I continue to have a lot of hope for the future of our communities here on the Kitsap ...

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Transitions in our office

Transitions in our office

Dear Friends and Neighbors, For those of you who have worked with or been served by my office, I wanted you to know that we are undergoing staffing changes. For one, in what has been called the “end of an era,” ...

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Working together to improve ferry service

Working together to improve ferry service

Dear Friends and Neighbors, I want to thank all of the community members who attended the 23rd District Ferry Town Hall on Nov. 30. It was a productive conversation and a chance to get an update on the current disruptions to ...

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You're invited: Ferry Town Halls coming up Nov. 23 & Nov. 30

You're invited: Ferry Town Halls coming up Nov. 23 & Nov. 30

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Like so many of you, I am frustrated by the delays and disruptions to the ferry service we all depend on here in Kitsap. There are many reasons for the current service cutbacks, and I am working ...

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